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Coyotes' Klesla injured in preseason game

Monday, 09.16.2013 / 12:07 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

NHL.com

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla was injured and taken from the ice on a stretcher midway through the first period of a preseason game Sunday night against the Los Angeles Kings at Jobing.com Arena.

Klesla was hit by Kings forward Jordan Nolan on the play. Klesla was alert, and waved to the crowd as he was taken from the ice. He remained at the arena but was under further evaluation in the immediate aftermath of the hit, according to multiple media reports.

Nolan was assessed four minutes in penalties after tussling with Klesla's teammate Martin Hanzal, and then another, larger fracas ensued when Nolan came out of the box. Four players, including Nolan, were given 10-minute misconducts and Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette was assessed a game misconduct for leaving the bench.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round